December 3, 2013 / 4:47 PM / 4 years ago

Key U.S. lawmaker won't support $967 billion short-term spending plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The second-ranking Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives said on Tuesday he would not support a stop-gap funding measure aimed at avoiding a January government shutdown that keeps automatic spending cuts in place.

U.S. Representative Steny Hoyer (D-MD) talks to the media on Obamacare following a Caucus meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, November 14, 2013. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Representative Steny Hoyer told reporters that a short-term $967 billion fiscal 2014 spending plan contemplated by the majority House Republicans for such a measure was unacceptable.

“There is not a positive engagement by our Republican friends” in talks aimed at reaching a budget deal before a January 15 deadline for new government spending authority, Hoyer said.

Reporting By David Lawder; Editing by Bill Trott

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